Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.'
Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.' '
This same temptation in the Book of Luke* includes one additional need-to-know:
'And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish' ' (Luke 4:6, NKJV).
For people, power is an illusion. God's Word clearly states power's two sources:
1) Absolute power comes only from God, which includes Christ and His Holy Spirit.
2) God gave Satan short-term power on earth, which Satan can share with his followers.
Therein, power comes from God or Satan. Recall the Words of Jesus as a Man: 'Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does' (John 5:19, NIV).
Admittedly, these are humbling Verses. Nevertheless, they come straight from The Top.
Surely, Christians receive power from God. I pray He forbids demonic power any foothold in the lives of His saints.
Final note: Glory belongs to God, too. At best, we are His polished reflectors. To shine brightly, we must remain in place: following closely behind the True Light.
## Gotcha's Demons: Power & Glory (Part 36)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.